VICE (2018)

dir. Adam McKay. Really shows why people called Dick Cheney, Darth Vader during the George W. Bush years. Similar in style to THE BIG SHORT (2015), but not quite as polished, or as funny. It’s fun seeing different actors playing the real life politicians. Christian Bale’s transformation is pretty remarkable. Sam Rockwell is pretty good as George W. Bush, but not as good (or funny) as Josh Brolin in W. (2008), directed by Oliver Stone. Important watching for younger people, or anyone not familiar with this part of modern history, it’s a very good retelling of the disastrous and corrupt US foreign policy during those years, for which we’re still paying the price of those actions. I’m glad they included a clip showing former British PM, Tony Blair’s complicity, and wish they had found room for John “Man of Steel” Howard.